I am looking into getting the Paragard IUD. I can't do the Mirena because it's hormonal, an I can't do estrogen based birth control because of Migraines with aura. It will put me at higher risk for stroke, so my doctor has me on a progestin only pill right now, and my only other progestin only option is the depo shot, which I've heard only bad things about so I want to avoid if possible. I'm pretty sure we don't want any more kids. We have a son together who just turned 3, and he has an 8 year old daughter from a previous marriage, who due to a very tragic and traumatic turn of events where her mother was killed, is now living with us full time as well. We've talked before and said we were pretty sure we don't want more kids, but I am not quite ready to take the step to get my tubes tied. I love children, and I would eventually like more even though he says right now he doesn't. I do respect his wants and wishes, but I'm not ready to make such a final decision at 27 years old that I never want another child. So my option now is to continue with the pill, which is getting harder and harder to remember to take every day, much less on time (yes I set an alarm on my phone, If I am doing something else at the time, I tend to shut it off and finish what I'm doing then forget to take it after, especiall if it is while I'm working)
Or to get the Paragard IUD. I've always been a bit scared of having something inserted into my body to leave there for years at a time, so would definitely like to hear from other's who have used this method of birth control. Was it effective for you? did anyone have it fail and what was the outcome? Any negative side effects? Severe infections? I want to hear everything, from real people who have used it, and not just what I read on the website about it.